Child sponsorship funds are used to run long-term development projects called Area Development Programs (ADPs). As a model of community development, ADPs link villages that work together in regional clusters to help address the root causes of poverty.
ADPs are child-focused, sustainable development programs for between 15,000 to 100,000 people, divided into smaller community clusters. Generally, World Vision works with communities through ADPs for 10 to 15 years.
Facilitators, who are usually from the region, are trained to build relationships, help the community to identify needs and possible solutions, provide training to local leaders and encourage networking among civil society and government groups.